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  • Writer's pictureRobyn Short


SeMarion Humphrey, a 13-year-old Plano ISD student endured horrific, racist bullying from White Haggard Middle School football teammates. For months, SeMarion’s mother, Sumner Smith, has been reporting incidents of abuse to school authorities. Smith claims that her son has been “harassed, degraded and physically and mentally tortured by students at his school. But despite making reports, she said she didn’t receive help from staff.” Though Plano ISD has a zero tolerance policy for bullying, neither the school nor Plano ISD has made any actions toward curtailing the abuse.

The bullying became so intense, that SeMarion was forced to quit the football team for his own safety. Several weeks ago SeMarion received an invitation to a sleepover from a White football player, believing the invitation to be a show of true friendship, SeMarion was ecstatic to accept the invitation. What SeMarion could not have understood was the cruelty the boys had planned for him.

While at the sleepover, several White students shot SeMarion with BB guns. When he was asleep they beat and slapped him, all while calling him racist slurs. And worse yet, they forced SeMarion to drink their urine. The boys videoed the racist abuse.

SeMarion has been subjected to unconscionable cruelty. He will need therapy to support his healing, and for his own physical and psychological safety, he will need to enroll in a private school.

Please Join Peace & Conciliation Project in supporing SeMarion’s healing from this racist abuse through a financial donation to a GoFundMe that has been established in his honor. Peace & Conciliation Project has confirmed that the fundraiser has been established by an official family spokesperson with permission of Sumner Smith.

Justice for SeMarion will require both legal action, and an outpouring of love from the community. We invite you to be the love SeMarion needs to heal from this traumatic racist abuse.

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